The International Mediation Institute (IMI) recognises the difficulties that newly trained mediators and mediation advocates can encounter in gaining experience in their field and encouraged the establishment of the Young Mediators Initiative (YMI) in 2010.

The mission and vision of YMI is:
  • To connect newly trained mediators and mediation advocates worldwide and create a platform to exchange ideas and experiences, and
  • To facilitate interaction with experienced mediators who can offer experience-generation and learning opportunities. See “IMI-YMI Mentorship Framework“.

YMI achieves this by bringing together initiatives that support young mediators and mediation advocates and by acting in a convening role to those groups, offering the opportunity to act as local chapters for the YMI and to network with similar initiatives worldwide.

YMI does not compete, but rather supports similar initiatives to assist the next generation of mediators.

YMI recognizes the importance of supporting young mediators on their path towards experience and seeks to address the difficulties that both newly trained mediators and mediation advocates face when trying to gain practical experience and knowle